Community effort gets Lee Adams mural back in public eye

Community effort gets Lee Adams mural back in public eye

By Susanna P. Barton               For many years, it lived in a coffin-like box. Once it hung behind a couch. And for many years, it was suspended within splashing distance of middle school cafeteria diners. The historic mural, Ribault’s Landing, has had many homes since it was first painted in 1958 by renowned botanical […]

Brookwood residents bracing for impact

By Susanna P. Barton   Residents of Brookwood Road will be keeping close watch on the installation of speed tables on River Oaks, Lorimier and Dunsford roads this summer. Their concern? The new speed bumps may force new cut-through traffic onto their quiet residential street. The traffic calming measures from neighboring streets are part of […]

San Marco by Design: Residents complete neighborhood planning vision

By Susanna P. Barton   San Marco by Design, an intensive one-year focus group study and visioning strategy for San Marco’s commercial and residential core, is now complete and ready the action phase. Organizers hope the packaged study will help better define community planning parameters, design and potential projects as the neighborhood looks toward its […]

Gators to meet Hoyas in Navy-Marine Corps Classic

Gators to meet Hoyas in Navy-Marine Corps Classic

This year’s Navy-Marine Corps Classic men’s college basketball game will feature the University of Florida and Georgetown University on Friday, Nov. 9 at Naval Station Mayport. Navy Region Southeast Commander Rear Admiral Jack Scorby (left), Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping were on hand for the […]

The Way We Were: Joyce Thomas Jones — Part I

The Way We Were: Joyce Thomas Jones — Part I

By Laura Jane Pittman   Once upon a time, there was an area of Jacksonville called Southside. Now, dear reader, this is not the same Southside we think of today. It was located in the area of South Main Street and what was then Miami Road — in the vicinity of today’s bb’s and Reddi […]

The Way We Were: Malcolm and Kathryn Fortson

The Way We Were: Malcolm and Kathryn Fortson

By Victoria Register-Freeman Malcolm Fortson took the Biblical command “Love thy neighbor,” literally. Growing up next door to Kathryn Register, he would often see her playing records on the family porch. Her sister, Beverly — known to everyone as Wookie — would occasionally repeat the well-known Biblical phrase. As Kathryn recalls, “He was a year […]

Go-Giver: Melissa Bartley

Go-Giver: Melissa Bartley

By Julie Kerns Garmendia   Volunteers commit to charities for a variety of reasons. In Melissa Bartley’s case, it was her grandfather. Henry Solomon’s rapid diagnosis and death from brain cancer led Bartley to the Northeast Florida American Cancer Society. After a difficult experience with hospice and Bartley’s personal feelings of loss and grief, she […]

Go-Giver: Lanelle Phillmon

Go-Giver: Lanelle Phillmon

By Julie Kerns Garmendia   American Cancer Society volunteer Lanelle Phillmon credits the U.S. Navy’s  volunteer service program — and her mother’s example — for setting her on a course of helping nonprofit organizations. Chief Phillmon, who just completed a 27-year naval career, retired to the San Jose area in November 2010 and jumped right […]